The crane is a seabird whose symbolism in literature, art, and poetry mirrors its impact in the natural world. The crane quests for food on land and sea, eating fruit and insects, flowers, nuts and fish. The long legs, ancillary wings, long beak and curving neck assist in these tasks.

CraneThe crane has been making its siren call for centuries. The Sarus crane, with its red neck and lower head, amazes onlookers in Nepal with its extraordinary height. Five feet tall flying birds don’t fly over every day. The Sarus crane mates for life and seems graceful with its long neck and sober demeanor. The Japanese Crane is also rare, with efforts to breed more and build hatcheries being urged by specialty conservation organizations every year.


The worlds of Asia and the Orient have absorbed the crane into their culture. The crane projects a charisma and mystique that has prompted artists, dancers, writers and philosophers to use their name and emblem as symbols inside their various myths. Buddhic connections and connections to throne and gods keep the mysticism of the crane even in today‘s world alive.


Cranes stick their neck out during flight and show pattern wings, especially dark tips and gradations inside the under wing parts. Cranes mate for life, perform "dances" to attract mates, and migrate unless the climate is warm.



Sandhill CraneA crane would make an exotic pet indeed. The social flocks and wild beach traversions for food would be replaced by a questionable beneficial domestication. Pet adoption of cranes has assisted in their near extinction. Fisheries and sanctuaries are global organization goals for very high profile organizations like the World Crane Congress and others.


Many varieties of cranes are nearing or facing extinction. Whooping Cranes have long been on the endangered species list. Wetland conservation and habitat preservation for cranes has been concentrated in recent decades. Fertile grasslands that make the crane’s home have become infused with aggressive use of fertilizers.


In 2007, the Smithsonian Zoo hatched a baby wattled crane chick, the first crane chick in 118 years. If redoubled preservations efforts continue, the numbers of each crane subspecies might range again beyond four figures worldwide or less.



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